How to Pack a Perfect Picnic

Category: Food

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the warm weather and hanging out with family and friends. Whether you're going to the park, beach, or on a hike, here is our guide to planning the perfect picnic. Don’t forget the corkscrew!

Bring foods that are no-mess and easy to transport. Casual foods like sandwiches, whole fruits, cookies, cheese and crackers, or other things you can eat without utensils are great. Pack everything in lightweight, resealable containers, and bring a small cutting board. It’s always handy to have a firm surface for slicing meat, cheeses, and bread.

There are a few useful tips regarding bringing wine to your picnic. First, know the rules. In New York City, for example, all open containers of alcohol are banned at parks and beaches. Most public beaches prohibit glass containers; some national parks permit alcohol consumption, and some don’t. You can check the National Park Service website for specific rules. Also, with the warm temps, it doesn’t take too long for wine to get hot. Our advice is to chill all the wine you’re bringing to a picnic, white or red. Some wines just seem particularly suited to picnicking. Refreshing whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, and dry Rieslings are all great options. A bottle of rosé or lighter reds such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noirs are also excellent picks.

Read to pack up the cooler? You'll need a way to keep everything cold, so start by putting ice packs or frozen water bottles at the bottom. Keep the most perishable foods near the bottom, closest to the ice, and make serving easier by packing the food in layers as you would serve it. The top layer of your basket or cooler should contain all the utensils you will need, including the wine key!

Get out there and enjoy the sunshine!